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The Five Spot: Entertainment to Put In Your Brain This Week: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

There’s something comforting about imagining how terrifying the future might be, from the plague-riddled skyscrapers of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One to the plague-riddled tunnels and plains of The Scorch Trials. The open question, though, is who you want by your side in the event of a zombie apocalypse: Ian MacKaye or Neil Patrick Harris?


BEST TIME EVER
The concept of Neil Patrick Harris’ new NBC series isn’t totally clear yet. To be broadcast live for an hour each week, it’s sort of a variety show, but it will also involve Fear Factor-ish stunts, contests, Harris playing pranks on celebrities, straightforward performances, and — look, it’s Doogie Howser, do you trust him or what? (Sep. 15)


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JUDGE DREDD: DAY OF CHAOS — THE FOURTH FACTION
The long-running British sci-fi police comic series hit a new peak with the thrilling, terrifying, densely plotted 2011 storyline collected here, written by Dredd’s co-creator John Wagner and drawn by Colin MacNeil and others, in which survivors of a genocide 25 years earlier plot a catastrophic, unstoppable revenge against the city and the lawman who destroyed them. (Sep. 16)


SALAD DAYS: A DECADE OF PUNK IN WASHINGTON, DC
The punk rock scene that emerged from DC in the ‘80s was powerful, fiercely independent, and very closely knit. Scott Crawford’s documentary, released on DVD this week, is an overview of how the city’s D.I.Y. scene evolved from the bottled rage of Bad Brains and Minor Threat to later bands like Faith and Fugazi. Yes, there’s roof-raising live footage, too. (Sep. 18)


DAPTONE GOLD II
Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman’s Brooklyn-based label Daptone has been keeping the tradition of classic soul and funk alive and evolving for well over a decade. This retrospective features subcultural hits by the likes of Antibalas and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, as well as non-album tracks and previously unreleased material (including Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens’ “You Got to Move,” above). (Sep. 18)


MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS
It’s been almost ten minutes since the last dystopian SF sequel, but the long wait is over: former Teen Wolf Dylan O'Brien is back as Thomas, leader of a group of teenagers who have survived one round of murderous authoritarian testing only to fall into another one that involves zombified plague victims. Rosa Salazar (Insurgent) co-stars. (Sep. 18)



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